Elephants in Botswana

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Banner Image courtesy of oxandson Petition – “Don’t shoot Africa’s last elephants” Care2 Save Elephants This past week, we have had the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT, 2018) conference in London. The third party reports seen from attendees at IWT 2018 reinforces the message that for any given persecuted species, such as the …

Sounding The Horn

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Save the Rhino International’s report, “Sounding the Horn” suggests that the United Kingdom (UK) antiques industry is trading rhino horn lots without proof of provenance in many cases. However, there are loopholes in the UK’s regulations, whereby: “At present…..there is no pre-sale requirement to verify the age or provenance of …

Increased Threat to Wildlife from Traditional Chinese Medicine

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An article in Nature (“Why Chinese medicine is heading for clinics around the world,” 26 September 2018) presents the alarming prospect of ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ (TCM) being endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO): “….expect that the inclusion of TCM will speed up the already accelerating proliferation of the [TCM] …

NSPCA Launches Urgent Legal Appeal for Lions

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Banner Image: “Rack and stack captive-bred lion bones ready for export.” File photo: African News Agency (ANA) MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NSPCA LAUNCHES URGENT LEGAL APPEAL FOR LIONS The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has lodged an urgent interdict [Case No. 86515/17 in The …

Lion Economics – economical with the truth

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By Richard Hargreaves – Guest blog for the Campaign Against Canned Hunting As you will probably be aware the South African Government issued a Media Statement on 16th July 2018 stating: Minister Edna Molewa establishes lion bone export quota for 2018 In accordance with advice provided by the Scientific Authority, the …

Giraffe being trophy hunted to supply United States markets

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Banner image:  by Michelle Riley/The HSUS “Giraffes, the gentle giants of the African savanna, are undergoing a silent extinction. According to experts, the wild giraffe population has declined by about 40% since about 1990. The main cause is habitat loss and illegal hunting for the bushmeat trade, but giraffes are …

The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding in South Africa

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There is a planned “Colloquium” (workshop) on the 21 and 22 August 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa titled “Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa; Harming or Promoting the Conservation Image of the Country[?]” The answer seems fairly obvious, the harm is manifest: IWB’s letter to the Chairperson: …

Leopard Hunting Quota 2018 – South Africa

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On 12 August 2018, the Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) made a statement – “Minister Molewa allocates leopard hunting quota for South Africa for 2018” – this is the result of “the possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018” and puts a quota of 7 …

Cuddle Me, Kill Me

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“Cuddle Me, Kill Me” by Richard Peirce is a tragic account of South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry – a rampant, toxic, greedy bonanza that finds willing hosts amongst exploitative humans: “An in-depth investigation of the large-scale captive lion breeding industry, from bottle to bullet” – ‘Cuddle Me, Kill Me’ : …

Trekking to Save Big Cats

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The Trek for Big Cats Mantra “Every human being has the responsibility of nurturing and protecting their environment and to hand it over unspoilt for future generations to enjoy”  On the 1st November 2018, three intrepid souls (and avid conservationists) will set out on an epic adventure “to create awareness …